Sometime in the future I plan to get into the fine points of creating and using video for class (and peer) instruction. I’m still in the experimental stages, but have definitely been convinced of the handiness of some basic video editing software, a flip video, and the ever handy vimeo.com.
Personal geek hero of mine, Dan Myer, posted a very clever “how he does it” video on his blog. I highly encourage those interested to check it out.
I’m not a parent (yet), but friends tell me about the wonderful world of YouTube for their children. Want that “rubber ducky” song from Bert and Ernie? Find it on YouTube. You’re child has a fascination with raccoons? Find some interesting clips about them in nature. In short, you have more control over what you can expose to your child.
Of course, there’s quite a bit on YouTube that you wouldn’t want you child to view.
But I’m not a big proponent of blocking YouTube completely. It’s not necessarily case of throwing the baby out with the bath water.
The NY Times ran a great article that serves as a guide for parents who want to use YouTube with their children. It’s worth checking out.